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Vauxhall prepares for BTCC farewell

Vauxhall, the most successful team in recent years in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, will bring the curtain down on its time in the sport this weekend when the 2009 season draws to a close at Brands Hatch.

The Luton-based manufacturer has picked up no fewer than eight drivers' titles, seven manufacturers' titles and four teams' titles since joining the series back in 1989 and will hope to add to that tally in its swansong this weekend – with the announcement having been made earlier in the season that it was to leave the sport.

Already, VX Racing has provisionally secured an eight manufacturer's title, while Fabrizio Giovanardi remains in contention for his third straight drivers title. The Italian, aided by Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan, has also taken VX Racing to the brink of the teams' championship.

As part of the celebration of Vauxhall's time in the BTCC, a number of former drivers are due to appear at Brands Hatch, including former champions John Cleland and Yvan Muller, while Vauxhall will also have a range of cars on display, from Cleland's Astra B GTE to Cavalier and the hugely successful Astra Coupe.

Vauxhall BTCC drivers: 1989-2009 (Works drivers only)

1989 John Cleland, Louise Aitken Walker, Jeremy Rossiter
1991 John Cleland, Jeff Allam, Bob Berridge, David Coulthard
1992 James Thompson, John Cleland, Jeff Allam, Bob Berridge, David Coulthard
1993 John Cleland, Jeff Allam
1994 John Cleland, Jeff Allam
1995 John Cleland, James Thompson, Jeff Allam* , Mike Briggs*
1996 John Cleland, James Thompson
1997 John Cleland, Derek Warwick
1998 John Cleland, Derek Warwick
1999 John Cleland, Yvan Muller
2000 Yvan Muller, Jason Plato, Vincent Radermecker
2001 Yvan Muller, Jason Plato
2002 Yvan Muller, James Thompson
2003 Yvan Muller, James Thompson, Paul O'Neill
2004 Yvan Muller, James Thompson, Luke Hines
2005 Yvan Muller, Colin Turkington, Gavin Smith
2006 Fabrizio Giovanardi, Tom Chilton, Gavin Smith
2007 Fabrizio Giovanardi, Tom Chilton, Alain Menu
2008 Fabrizio Giovanardi, Matt Neal, Tom Onslow-Cole
2009 Fabrizio Giovanardi, Matt Neal, Andrew Jordan

* denotes stand-ins for injured James Thompson

Vauxhall BTCC success:

1989 Drivers' title (Cleland)
1992 Manufacturers title
1995 Drivers' title (Cleland)
2001 Drivers' title (Plato), Manufacturers' title, Teams' title
2002 Drivers' title (Thompson), Manufacturers' title, Teams' title
2003 Drivers' title (Muller), Manufacturers' title, Teams' title
2004 Drivers' title (Thompson), Manufacturers' title
2005 Manufacturers' title
2007 Drivers' title (Giovanardi), Manufacturers' title
2008 Drivers' title (Giovanardi), Manufacturers' title, Teams' title
2009 Manufacturers'/Constructors' title (Provisional)



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tailendcharlies09

October 01, 2009 8:22 PM

3 cheers to Mr Gow.Whats he done to get another manufacture into the series who knows?Vauxhall have been in the thick of it 4 as long as i've watch btcc and its a disapointment 2 c them go.So many good times but the pound is biting,just hope they're not out to long



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